Our little princess loved it all, especially going with her Aunties,
Friday, October 31, 2008
-To improve his bite...
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
-No, they eat the fingers separately...
Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?
-They're all wrapped up in themselves...
What is a skeleton's favorite musical instrument?
What do birds give out on Halloween night?
Why do vampires need mouthwash?
-They have bat breath...
What's a vampire's favorite fast food?
-A guy with very high blood pressure...
Why did the vampire subscribe to the Wall Street Journal?
-He heard it had great circulation...
Have a happy day! Share your bad (good!) jokes if you've got 'em.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have a couple of stations that I listen to all the time, one based on Over the Rhine and one for Fernando Ortega. When I'm playing with Anna in the computer room we listen to one based on Elizabeth Mitchell, and when I want Spanish music I listen to one like Ricardo Arjona.
To make a new station, you just have to tell them who you like, and they'll analyze the music and find lots of things that are similar. You can thumbs up or down the individual songs to give further direction. I used to listen to Yahoo radio, but I like Pandora better. No commercials and no log in.
You can share stations too, so let me know if you want one of mine. Bear in mind, I'm kind of an old lady.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Then I saw how much regular coats cost. I can't do that!
So I decided to just buy a new thrift store coat every year and not try to fix them. I'll just wear them out completely and get a new one.
This year I couldn't possibly choose, so I got two. One is green, with Sparkly Buttons! (and with a torn lining)
We'll see. Mom always said I was "awfully hard on things".
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Here they are when we turned off the heat, all melted.
Then my problem was that I didn't want to throw away the excess of that.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
When the new Volkswagon Bug was introduced in 1998, I wanted one. (I called it a "Hug Bug" I can't remember if everyone did or not. I tried to make a new game, where you gave the person next to you a squeeze whenever you saw one, but it didn't take off. Not as successful as the Carl's Jr./Hardees boycott, but that's another story.) I set about deciding on colors and styling. The only proof I have of this is this post, but those close to me can verify that I've wanted a Barbie Pink Hug Bug with silver glitter lightning stripes for some time.
Tonight, at Dillons, in my own small town, we spotted a custom pink Hug Bug with silvery blue paint splashes. We were too far away, and it was too dark, to verify the actual color of the car or the stripes, but it was too close for comfort.
I have a long history of predicting trends, we've joked about the satellite following my style choices, but this is too far.
That's MY car.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Abby and I tried to make some of the cookie cutter crayons on Sunday afternoon. We didn't have a tremendous amount of luck, but we did have fun, and we learned several things for next time.
It's important to use all one kind of crayons because they melt at different times otherwise. We kept waiting for this one little guy to melt and ended up kind of boiling the wax. Oops.
Once it's all melted, you just need to turn off the oven because if you try to pick up the pan, you'll swirl all of your colors together and end up with brown. Eeew.
Use the cookie cutter to cut them when it's solid but still warm, but then WAIT until it's totally cooled before you try to take them out. I think that's why so many of ours broke. When I was cleaning up, hours later, it was much easier to take them out.
To prep, we sprayed the old baking sheet with Pam, and then we melted the crayons at 350. They melted pretty quickly. We're going to try again, using what we've learned. Hopefully it'll go better next time.
Oh! and you probably want ventilation. Abby's head was hurting and my eyes were burning. That may have been from the boiling though. Or the other plastic we accidentally melted earlier. Oops again.
Here's what we managed to get out in one piece. The Kansas shows you what they looked like on top, and the others are flipped over to show the pretty bottom. It think it's really neat how they're different on each side and in the middle.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Boston Cream Pie Recipe
Since it only uses one layer, you can freeze the other and have it ready to make another one super-de-duper quick.
For the chocolate on top, I've done some fiddling. Today I cut the milk to one T, heated it before I added it to the chocolate, and used a bit more sugar. That made a nice consistency. I thought it was too runny when I followed the recipe.
I like this especially because I get to use my domed cake plate, and cut the cake in half, so I feel like a real cook. Enjoy!
Monday, October 20, 2008
I want- to start getting more rest.
I have- too many things in the to-do pile
I wish- my Mama was still here.
I hate- this election
I fear- regret
I hear- nothing. It's nice and quiet at the moment.
I search- for fun and easy and quick projects, for bargains, for gifts.
I wonder- what heaven's like.
I always- stay up too late.
I usually- buy too many presents.
I am not- meeting my goal of being in bed by 11:00 tonight.
I dance- at school, in the car, in the kitchen, with Anna, circles around Matthew.
I sing- a lot, but not when Matthew's around, apparently.
I never- vacuum the dust coils on my refrigerator, even though that's one of the things magazine people are always reminding you to do. Who does that?
I rarely- eat red meat anymore.
I cry- easily.
I am not always- patient with the kids at school.
I lose- my earplugs in the night sometimes.
I’m confused- about the balance between feeling and doing.
I need-a swimming pool.
I should- do so many things.
I dream- in English, though I'd rather be practicing my Spanish in my sleep.
I TAG- Katrina, Jenny, Sarah, Sara
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Then we came home, because I thought we had something to do tonight, but it was cancelled. But regardless...
Friday, October 17, 2008
It would be really nice if she'd hold still for a minute, or look at me, but she's wise to the whole picture taking thing, and impishly refuses to do either.
We walked over to the diner next door and after much convincing, had pancakes and eggs and hashbrowns for dinner. Anna did not think it would be OK to eat breakfast for dinner.
I think we're going to go to Dorothy's house tomorrow morning, and then see the Cimarron Grasslands.
But who knows, really?
And that's the beauty of it.
I made the second batch in some glass dishes and a mold I found today at Goodwill.
The star mold didn't work at all. I couldn't get the crayon out without breaking it.
I melted them at 250 for 25 minutes. I can't figure out why other people's crayons seem to melt so much faster.
I think I made these a little too big, a thinner disk would be nicer. But look how cute they are packaged like this:
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So as a fun experiment, I'm going to try and only use what we have in the house until we get cleaned out a bit. I'm thinking I'll have to buy milk, and one treat thing for each of us. Anna and I want caramel for our apples, and Matthew's getting frozen pizza. I'm also going to get a couple of cans of chicken noodle soup, just in case someone gets sick.
Our menu for this week: (Not weird at all yet)
Thursday: Spaghetti and Salad
Friday: Casserole from the freezer
Saturday: Home Group
Monday: Brats with kraut and Fries
I'll let you know how it goes.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Just now I did three reps of the whole get ready for bed and set your alarm and then get up right away thing. It took about 30 minutes. I had the strong urge to hit the snooze each time, even though I wasn't really asleep.
I'm excited. I think this might work.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
To make leg warmers out of a wool sweater, all you have to do is felt it, and then cut the sleeves off at the arm, straight across. It makes a kind of cropped sleeve sweater when you're done. I use pinking shears, but I don't think it matters. Usually that's all you need to do. Then pull them on the little legs and you're done.
For the cotton sweater, I had to make the tube a little narrower, so that it would stay up. Just turn it inside out and sew a line along side the seam, then turn it back right side out and try it on. Repeat until it fits, and then cut off your excess.
Then I had the bodies of the sweaters to work with, so I made this little bag first. I think it's fun that you can reach through the neck to grab something small, or lift the flap for big things.
Out of the cotton sweater, after much fiddling, I made this little dress for Anna. I'm pretty happy with it.
I posted all of this to Craftster. Eeek!